From Middle English lopster (“lobster”), from Old English loppestre (“lobster, spider-like creature”), believed to be a corruption of Latin locusta (“lobster, locust”) + the Old English feminine agent suffix -estre; or from Old English lobbe, loppe (“spider”) + the Old English feminine agent suffix -estre, equivalent to lop + -ster. More at lop.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈlɒb.stə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈlɑb.stɚ/
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- A crustacean of the Nephropidae family, dark green or blue-black in colour turning bright red when cooked, with a hard shell and claws, which is used as a seafood.
- A crustacean of the Palinuridae family, pinkish red in colour, with a hard, spiny shell but no claws, which is used as a seafood.
- (historical) A soldier or officer of the imperial British Army (due to their red or scarlet uniform).
- (slang) An Australian twenty dollar note, due to its reddish-orange colour.
- To fish for lobsters.